Expanding your equipment or increasing the size of your facility are common reasons to upgrade your electrical unit. However, they are not the only reasons. There are a number of other indicators that can serve as a signal that it's time to consider this upgrade. Make sure you understand how to easily recognize these issues to prevent a productivity issue and costly repairs.

Breaker Corrosion

Your breaker box should be void any corrosion or rust. The presence of either of these developments is immediate reason to upgrade your electrical system. The primary reason for this development is a moisture issue. There could be a water leak behind the walls or poor humidity control within your facility contributing to this issue.

As the corrosion spreads, this can cause complete system failure. However, the greater risk is a fire. As the moisture continues to collect, this could trip the overcurrent and lead to a dangerous and costly electrical fire. Replace the breaker and address the moisture issues promptly.  

Decreased Equipment Efficiency

Another indication that a breaker upgrade might be necessary is a decrease in the efficiency level at which your equipment operates. The most important thing to remember is that electrical units work solely based on loads. If the load needs of your equipment exceeds the power level your electrical system is designed to generate, you will have issues.

For example, consider a fan blower designed to minimize motor overheating. If the power load is spread too thin, the blower might not work at as high a level as it needs to. This can in turn cause it to fail at keeping the motor cool, only leading to greater repair needs. If you notice that your equipment isn't operating as well as it once did, this could be the blame.

Shared Circuit For Equipment And Computers

Although this isn't exactly a maintenance issue, if your equipment and your computer systems are still operating on the same circuit, this is something to investigate. It's a good idea to keep your equipment and your computer systems on separate operating units. The reason for this comes down to control.

Most industrial equipment still retains some functionality, even after a loss of power. However, you generally need access to the computer system to initiate these tasks. By keeping these systems on separate circuits, in the event the power to the equipment is affected, you will still have access to your computer systems.

At the first sign of a power issue, it is imperative that you contact an industrial electrical professional like those found at Brian Thornton Sons Electric. A technician will examine your current power systems and provide you with details on the best upgrade for your needs.